This one-day CPD event reported on recent research and included the results of a recent survey undertaken by CIHT. Delegates had the opportunity to hear the views of both developers (including housebuilders) and local authorities on what needs to be done and how it can be delivered.

'The timing of this event provides the best opportunity - in a long time - to really consider creating a stronger link between planning and sustainable transport.  Government has set up a cross departmental team – comprised of DfT and DCLG – to look at these issues.  We have an ambitious aim for this event:  to provide a catalyst to secure sustainable transport provision in planning developments.  You will hear from key people involved in this field and we want robust debate to identify what works, and what does not work and how to secure improvement. The workshops at the event should therefore pull together current thinking to enable CIHT to work with Government in this area.  I would urge anyone with an interest in this area to book soon as places are limited'.

Lynda Addison OBE BSc Dip TP FCIHT MTPS, Chair, CIHT Sustainable Transport Panel

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The programme included the results of a survey carried out by CIHT of Lead Local Plan Officers, Head of Development Management and lead transport officers.  The survey examined the local plan process, specifically in relation to how effective it has been in securing sustainable travel outcomes including as a policy tool for development management. The afternoon workshop sessions were used to examine the results with delegates contributing to the debate.

The UK faces many challenges: meeting its climate change targets, an uncertain economic future following the Brexit vote and improving peoples’ health for example. On the transport policy front there will be other challenges, for example the growth in vehicle ownership and use, encouraging greater walking, cycling and use of public transport. Better integration of sustainable transport with spatial planning can help promote healthier lifestyles through making walking and cycling much easier as well as enabling greater public transport use. But in the past integration has proved difficult.

In the future how will local authorities react to the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the need to develop Infrastructure Delivery Plans (IDPs) as well as Local Transport Plans (LTPs) so as to minimise the transport impact of new developments? Can developers and housebuilders be convinced of the merits of providing better facilities for sustainable transport (walking, cycling, buses etc)?

Where CIHT has received permission, a pdf version of their presentations has been uploaded into the CIHT member area. Members can log in by clicking here. 

Andrew Hugill, Director of Policy & Technical Affairs

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Andrew is the Director of Policy and Technical Affairs for The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, which represents over 14,000 members from the highways and transportation sector in over 85 countries worldwide. Members come from a range of professional backgrounds relating to the building, maintenance, operation, design and planning of transportation networks.

Throughout his career Andrew has been focussed on the development of improved highway services in the UK. He is experienced in operating at a strategic, tactical and operational level across a wide range of authorities and organisations and has over 25 years’ experience of developing partnership approaches to service delivery. Before joining CIHT Andrew was Director of Central and Local Government services at Atkins where he provided advice to a range of clients in the sector.

Andrew joined Atkins in January 2006 from 4ps where he was a senior executive advising local authorities on the best way to develop, procure and deliver PFI and PPP schemes .He has a deep knowledge and wide range of experience of developing successful partnerships across the UK highways sector, using a range of contractual models. His understanding of the structure, funding, service development, procurement and delivery in the sector lead to a secondment to UKTI in 2010 to produce a report on the capability of the UK Highways sector.

Andrew is recognised at a senior level professionally, being a Trustee of CIHT for 6 years and has chaired both its Procurement and Education boards. He is a former chair of the Yorkshire and Humberside branch of CIHT.

Lynda Addison OBE BSc Dip TP FCIHT MTPS, Chair, CIHT Sustainable Transport Panel

Lynda Addison smallLynda Addison OBE BSc Dip TP FCIHT MTPS is a Director of Malcolm Baker Consulting specialising in planning management and the inter-relationship of planning and transport. She is a planner and transport planner by profession. Lynda was founder director of Addison & Associates, an award winning consultancy, from 1996 until October 2011 and previously a Director of Planning and Transport in the London Borough of Hounslow.  She worked in local government for nearly 30 years. Over the last 20 years Lynda has worked in the private sector but at national and local level supporting central government and local authorities to improve planning and transport services.  She has led on national best practice research and guidance from the operation of travel planning, local plans and housing assessments to resourcing and delivering effective development management and local planning.

She was appointed Chair of the Transport Planning Society in April 2017 , is Chair of the Sustainable Transport Panel of CIHT,  and an Adviser to The Campaign for Better Transport. She is a member of the Foundation for Integrated Transport’s steering group on transport and new development. She was until recently an English Heritage Commissioner including Vice Chair of EHAC and Chair of LAC, a Visiting Professor in Planning at the University of Westminster, a former Trustee of Living Streets and of the TCPA. She is a Director of Garden City Developments CIC and chairs the Board of Trustees of a small charity, The Raheli Trust. She received her OBE for services to planning in 2006 and was awarded the RTPI/TPS Transport Planning Network award in 2010.

Jon Sandford, Infrastructure Lead – Planning Enabling and Development, HCA

Jon Sandford photo smallJon Sandford has over 25 years’ experience working in the development and transportation industry, helping to deliver enabling infrastructure for development.  He is leads on infrastructure to enable development for the HCA from within the Planning Enabling and Development team.  He has experience of the broad range of infrastructure that supports the policy, planning, master-planning, appraisal and the delivery and development of sites – with a transport planning focus.  Since 2010 he has worked within the HCA facilitating the planning and delivery of large scale housing proposals as part of the ATLAS service. Before that, he worked in consultancy at a Project Director level, delivering transport planning and engineering solutions for large scale development projects.

David Harris BSc (Hons) MSc MCIHT, Transport Policy Manager Growth & Transportation (Economy Directorate) Birmingham City Council

David graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science in 2000. He has worked in transport since graduating, starting at South West Trains in London in their Business Planning team.   He joined Surrey County Council in 2002 as a Public Transport Development Officer and in 2005 joined Birmingham City Council’s Transport Strategy team.  He obtained a MSc in Transport Planning in 2009.

He has been involved in a broad range of transport projects including developing and implementing some of the City’s strategic policies including the Birmingham Development Plan and the city’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan – Birmingham Connected.  He was appointed as Transport Policy Manager in November 2014 and is now part of the team developing the city’s Clean Air Zone.

Myles McGregor - BEng (Hons) CEng MCIHT CMILT, Associate, Curtins

Myles McGregor photo smallMyles has over 30 years’ experience in Civil Engineering, Financial Services and Retail Management and has been involved with the Transportation sector since 2001 specialising in transportation assessments, travel plans, network modelling, project evaluation and project management. A Chartered Engineer and accomplished transport professional he has proven expertise in Public Consultation, Masterplanning, Development Frameworks and Transportation Assessment with varied experience gained in both the private and public sectors throughout the United Kingdom.

Joining Curtins as an Associate in 2014 Myles heads up the Transportation Division in Scotland addressing a wide range of transportation issues relating to the planning process.  Commissions range from the feasibility assessment of a small development access right through to full transportation support for large commercial and residential developments.  He is a former Branch Secretary for the CIHT Central and Southern Scotland Branch and is currently a mentor for students at Heriot Watt University, a TPS mentor for TPP candidates and sits as a judge on the Women in Property Student Awards judging panel for the Central Scotland region.

Presentation Synopsis

Myles leads the Transport Planning Team for Curtins in Scotland working in various sectors of the development industry.  He will outline accessibility analysis software and demonstrate how effective and appropriate modelling to inform the Accessibility Planning process can enable improved integration between policy and practicality of sustainable transport solutions.

Jon Parker, Managing Director, ITP

Jon Parker photo smallJon Parker is Managing Director of ITP and one of the UK’s leading advisors on sustainable transport, and the 2015 ‘smarter travel professional of the year’.  Jon has 25 years’ experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of transport strategies, policies and programmes, with particular expertise in managing transport strategies for complex development sites.  He was a lead member of the teams that were awarded the prestigious CIHT Sustainability Award in 2017, 2014 and 2013 (for delivery of projects in Derby, Leicestershire and Suffolk).

Phil Copsey, Partner, David Lock Associates

Phil Copsey photo smallPhil Copsey is a partner at David Lock Associates, a leading town planning and urban design consultancy.  Phil is an experienced town planner with a background in urban design, with a strong motivation to deliver sustainable development that creates great places for everyone; not just buildings and spaces.  Phil has extensive experience in promoting development proposals through the planning system from strategic policy development, to master planning and environmental assessment through to detailed proposals and negotiating planning permissions and implementation. Phil has a keen interest in the interface between town planning, design and physical activity and health and has played a leading role in the production and review of Sport England’s Active Design guidance and other related commissions.  Phil has also worked with Fields in Trust on the review of their Guidance for Outdoor Sport & Play.

Presentation Synopsis - Jon Parker & Phil Copsey

How to Achieve a Better Place – Integrating planning and sustainable transport is a fundamental part of creating great places.  Walking and cycling are at the heart of any sustainable development proposal, and offer the greatest opportunities for getting people active.  This presentation looks in detail at Active Design: a set of innovative guidelines produced by Sport England to promote environments that offer individuals the greatest potential to lead healthy and active lifestyles. The presentation will review the 10 principles of Active Design, and will look at their application to a specific case study to show how design directions can be explored.  Jon, please feel free to expand or amend as required.

David Knight BEng(Hon) TPP FCILT MCIHT, Head of Transport Planning, Clarkebond

David Knight smallA recognised authority on several aspects of transport and development, David’s expertise has been gained over 25 years in senior positions in leading transport planning practices TPA, WSP, and Colin Buchanan.

David has extensive experience of delivering development transport planning, travel planning, masterplanning and streetscape design projects of all sizes across many different sectors and has been an active contributor to travel planning best practice through his work on site specific advice panels, industry recognised training courses and masters degree course lecturing.

He holds the Transport Planning Professional qualification and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Transport Planning Society.

David is currently studying part-time for a PhD at Loughborough University in ‘Transport Planning in Large Scale Major Residential Developments in England’

Presentation Synopsis

How sustainable is the transport planning of Large Scale Housing Developments? What the research says:

David will present the findings of a review of the transport planning aspects of 126 Large Scale Major Residential Development planning applications in England submitted in 2013. A descriptive analysis summary will be described of the application details, the type, form and location of the developments, design aspects and the submitted Transport Assessments and Travel Plans. Specific consideration will be given to the sustainable accessibility of the development proposals and whether this is acceptable. An Accessibility led approach to the allocation and planning of new residential development sites will be proposed that would improve the sustainability of these new residential communities.

John Elliott, Communications Officer and Vice Chair,
National Transport Committee, The Local Government Technical Advisers Group (TAG)

John Elliott photo smallJohn has been working in Transport Planning since 1971 initially for an Aircraft company, since then he has worked for two Transport Consultancies (Scott Wilson and Colin Buchanan), 6 UK local authorities, another large industrial company, two universities and two parking companies.  He is now working as an Independent Transport Consultant.  However he also supports The Local Government Technical Advisers Group (TAG) as Communications Officer for the Group and Vice Chair to the National Transport Committee.

His previous posts and tasks include chief traffic engineer for Westminster City Council (led by Lady Porter) this included dealing with development impacts- and then head of policy and project assessment for the Greater London Council (led by Ken Livingstone).  His posts have also included Deputy Borough Engineer, Surveyor and Planning Officer for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Director of Technical Services and Planning for Aylesbury Vale DC, Director of Parking for Legion Group, Transport and Planning Manager for Pfizer and Sustainable Transport Manager for Canterbury Christ Church University.  John also supports the academic work and lectures at the University of Hertfordshire on Transport and Travel Planning and also does some ‘poaching’ - working for developers on transport impacts.

He is a Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.


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